Introducing Continuous Enrollment: TK-8th Grade
From Re-Enrollment to Continuous Enrollment: Set it and Forget It!
Each year, throughout the history of Ascension Lutheran School, approximately 90% of our students re-enroll for the next school year. In an effort to reward such great school loyalty and make things easier for our families, we are pleased to launch Continuous Enrollment for our students at the TK-8 campus.
What is Re-Enrollment and Why Does it Matter?
Re-enrollment is an annual process of collecting data to update the enrollment records for the upcoming school year. Through this process, the school determines how many students will be returning in each grade for the next school year and can plan accordingly. We need this information to ensure that we are being good stewards of tuition dollars and investing wisely to provide the best education for our students.
Isn’t there a Simpler Way to Obtain This Information?
The vast majority of our students return year after year, and it is our hope that families will experience the full benefit of an Ascension education through 8th grade. Asking each family annually to “opt-in” every year, in a sense penalizes the 90+% of families who plan to return. We have been asking EVERYONE to go through the re-enrollment process for the sake of the less than 10% that for one reason, or another, need to leave our school community. So, rather than having an opt-IN annual re-enrollment process, Ascension is moving to an opt-OUT Continuous Enrollment contract. This change simplifies the process significantly in that once you sign the “Continuous Enrollment Contract,” you’ll never have to worry about completing forms to tell us you’re coming back again.
After This Year, What Will the “Re-enrollment Season” Look Like?
Once all of our families are on the “Continuous Enrollment Contract,” the typical re-enrollment season (February 1 through March 15) will simply be a communication reminder from the school reminding families that might be thinking about leaving our school to notify us prior to March 15. If history is any indication, this means that 90+% of Ascension families will have the convenience of doing absolutely nothing!
The Continuous Enrollment contract specifies the process for submitting a “Cancellation Notice” by March 15, for families who elect not to return the following year.
When Will Student and Technology Fees Be Assessed?
As in previous years, Student and Technology Fees will be charged to your TADS account. For the 2018-19 academic school year, the non-refundable Student Fee is $450 per student and will be assessed on March 15. The Technology/Supplies Fee for TK-8 students ($300) per student and the iPad fee for grades 6-8 ($250) per student will be billed with your first tuition payment on May 1.
What If We Move Out of the Area?
We understand that situations change unexpectedly, and have built flexibility into the contract to account for this. If you do end up moving more than 20 miles away due to a work or medical reason, the contract is cancelled without penalty, except for the forfeiture of the non-refundable student fee. Other requests will be reviewed by the School Board on a case-by-case basis.
What’s the Penalty if I Break This Contract?
The same as it has been in the past. Once you enroll for a school year, you are committing to paying for the entire year’s tuition and fees. We strongly encourage families to purchase the Tuition Refund Insurance Policy that is offered through Dewar.
What if I Opt Out and Later Change My Mind?
We understand that this may happen. Although, we cannot guarantee classroom placement in these circumstances, we would gladly welcome your student back, providing there is still space in the class. We do not require returning families in this situation to re-apply if the school years are consecutive. However, you must opt out by March 15, and if you do re-enroll, the Student Fee increases to $750 for returning students after March 15.
How Do I Sign Up?
At the beginning of February, you will receive a personalized email from TADS with a link to complete the Continuous Enrollment Contract and easy step-by-step instructions. It will only take you a couple minutes, and you’ll have until March 15, to complete it. You will benefit from simplicity and guaranteed classroom placement until graduation. We look forward to serving Ascension families in this way and making the process even more convenient!